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A Story of Loyalty

1 Samuel 20

May 17, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

INTRO. READ V.1-4 - DAVID GOES TO HIS FRIEND A. David Pours Out His Soul B. Jonathan Responds In Disbelief C. They Affirm Covenant & Hatch A Plan D. David Puts His Life In Jonathan’s Hands E. Jonathan Nearly Killed By His Own Father F. Jonathan Proves His Loyalty To David I. OBSERVE THE LOYALTY OF TWO FRIENDS A. Covenant - I Sam. 18:3-4 - Reaffirmed, Identity 1. Indissolubly Linked (Men In Fox Hole) B. Crisis, Challenged, Tests Are Inevitable 1. Stress, Opportunity To Walk Away C. Cost Of Loyalty > Risk, Courage - V.33 1. Surrender Of Self- Interest (Marriage) D. Confidence In Relationship - Pv.17:17 Loves 1. I CAN TRUST WITH MY PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE II. LOYALTY OF BELIEVERS > CHRIST HIDDEN STORY X David = Savior & Jon.= Church & Believers A. Covenant Between Us & Jesus - Lk.22:20 1. Do You Take Covenant Seriously? B. Crises & Challenges To Loyalty Plenteous 1. Mt.6:24 - “No Man” - Mt.10:35-39 Gospel Divides C. Cost Of Discipleship, Count - Lk.14:28 & 33 1. Doesn’t Cost Much, It Costs Everything D. Confidence In The Relationship - Rev.2:10 CLOSE: CONSIDER YOUR LOYALTY TO CHRIST A. Who Or What Has Become Your Master? B. How Far Does Your Loyalty To Jesus Go? C. Some This Frightens, Some It Appeals D. Which Are You? Is There A Stirring…?

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1 Samuel 19 • May 10, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

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I Samuel 18:17-30 • May 3, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

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1 Samuel 18:5-14 • April 26, 2020 • Pastor John Wilson

I. vs 5-7 #1 CONTRAST BETWEEN TWO MEN / TWO PATHS A. David > Man After God - vs 13:14 - His Passion 1. Shepherd Boy Who Became Servant King 2. Wise, Accepted, Celebrated, Loved - vs 18:16 3. Wisdom Invites Presence Of God B. vs 8-13 - Saul Turned Back – vs 15:11 Devoid Of God: 1. Angry, Jealous, Distressed, Prophesied 2. Murderous, Fear, Removed x Cain & Able 3.Saul Ran From God, Miserable x Jonah 4. Misery Due To Turning Back From God II. #2 DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF JEALOUSY - HEB.12:15 A. x Weeds: Roots, Nutrients, Leaves, Toxic 1. Many Have Spiritual Weeds In Our Lives 2. Tenacious – Grow & Survive Anywhere 3. Weed Is Bitter Grows To Hatred - I Jn.3:15 4. Weeds Need To Be Removed - vs 16:1 5. Saul Turning From God Brought Death III. #3 EACH HAS OWN STORY TO WRITE x NOVEL A. Many Chapters, Always One Turning Point B. What Chapter Are You In Right Now? C. David & Saul Each Had A Decisive Chapter D. Their Decision About God Was Huge E. Are You Satisfied With Your Story? F. You Can Write Whatever Chapter You Want x Tragedy, Overcoming, Quest, Rebirth G. May Not Like The Beginning But Chg. End